Refugees and the Demographics Problem - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ari
    • 11.01.10 | 05:35 (IST)

    This is a delicate balance, but the refugee dilemma may be a blessing in disguise. For if Israel were to adopt a more open immigration policy not only for Jews but for others in plight around the world, it could help turn the demographics dilemma between Israel and the Palestinians more in Israel's favor, by growing Israel's population. Israel should build homes and shelters for these refugees in Judea and Samaria. In Biblical Israel, Israel would show to both its people and the world the essence of Jewish values by sheltering and caring for those in need from around the world, and use this process to naturalize them as eventual Israeli citizens. Israel would then boost its ethical claim to the West Bank in the face of US, European and UN pressure, increase its own ethical capital in the eyes of Hashem, and decrease the Palestinian majority in the West Bank.

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    First published 20:49 10.01.10 | Last updated 22:54 10.01.10
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